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a big health alert tonight. do processed meats cause cancer. a warning about eating hot dogs, bacon sausage and cold cuts. world health organization putting them in the same risk category as spoking and asbestos. homecoming horror, four killed including a toddler. so many more badly injured when a car plows through a crowd. what the driver's family is revealing about her. a mystery at sae. a dream vacation turned into a deadly nightmare as a whale watching ship sinks. rescuers scramble to pull people from the frigid waters. what happened. too many tests.
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mountain ever standardized exams and frustrated parents and teachers now saying enough is enough. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening, the news hit around breakfast time as americans are sitting down in front of a plate of bacon or sausage. the alarming warning from the world health organization cancer research arm that processed meats cause cancer and red meat probably does too. of course, the potential risk of processed meat has been suggested before but never in such blunt terms. and in our meat loving country this is causing a stir among consumers and meat producers. nbc's anne thompson lays it out for us. >> reporter: they have the sizzle so many people love. bason, sausage, the all american hot dog. today part of the
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labelled cancer causers by an agency of the world health organization. the same group said red meat, beef, lamb carcinogens. the risk, cole ore rectal cancer, american cancer society said it has been recommending for more than a decade. >> limiting the important. because the risk increases with the amount of red meat and processed meat kmumed. >> processed meat is any meat, ham or bologna that is alter bid salting or curing. most have meat or pork but can contain poultry. it is said it causes cancer. about two slices of bacon increases the risk for colon cancer 18%. probably causes cancer, 100 grams aday, a piece the size of a deck of cards, raises the risk 17%. the report puts same category as
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cigarettes an asbestos but the danger is not even close. the cdc said smoking increases your cancer risk by 2,000%. the $134 billion meat 800 studies the who report looked at unconvincing. >> scientist. >> evidence does cause a link between meat and any type of cancer. >> there is meat in amy's grocery basket but not a lot for her three-year-old son noah. >> we try to be mindful of what we give him. >> this nutritionalist said lean red meat can be a good choice. >> are there red meats that are good for you? >> red meats can be healthy again in moderation. it is protein and concentrated and it has beef and iron important. >> reporter: the question now is this change the all american diet. anne thompson, nbc news, wayne, new jersey. >> we know the news will spur questions.
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let's bring in doctor roshiny raj. doctor, a lot of viewers out there saying what am i supposed to supposed to do now. one option is stop eating meat and that is not likely. >> the occasional hot dog or salami is not going to make an impact. daily use increasing colorectal cancer which is the third leading cause of death in this country. so minimize your meats occasionally fine. it daily, it is time to change the habit. it is not the same category as cigarettes but it is shown to be a carcinogen based on 800 studies and thousands of people reviewed the evidence and made a stand here. >> doctor, thank you >> thank you. a psychological evaluation for the woman accused of plower her car into the oklahoma state homecoming parade including four people, including a two-year-old boy and a
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retired professor. eight people are still hospitalized and three in critical conditions. as kerry sanders tells us the suspect's friends and family are baffled over who may have led up to this horrific crash. >> reporter: tonight still water oklahoma is a community in mourning. the family of the accused in shock. why did 25-year-old adacia chambers drive her car into a crowd at the osu holm coming parade, killing four and injuring 47. police say she was driving under the influence and her family says she is has mental problem. >> do you believe your daughter deliberately drove into that parade. >> no. >> why not. >> she is not that kind of person. >> today it was said she purposely drove into the crowd. that at this hearing she is presumed guilty. she was held on $1 million bond.
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they will formally file in two weeks. chambers spent the day with her aunt. >> and i kind of have my mind around -- is she was in such a bad state, why didn't i see that. >> killed on saturday, a student from indio and a professor and his wife and 2-year-old nash lucas. his father posting today, i'll never stop loving my son. at nash's day care center today, stunned disbelief. >> i was constantly smiling at the things that he said. >> on the campus at osu, sadness, again. in 2001 a plane carrying the school's basketball team crashed killing ten and in 2011 two coaches were killed in another plane crash in arkansas. >> it kind of just makes you wonder how much heart break can one university take. >> reporter: tonight chambers remains in jail on suicide watch.
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chambers' lawyer is anxious to see the toxicology reports himself because he believes they'll show she was not under the influence of any substances. he said she has a history of suicide attempts and that when he spoke to her in jail, she didn't even know she had driven a car into a crowd. lester. thank you. search and rescue crews still looking in the cold waters off of british colombia after a whale watching tour boat sank, killing five people. as nbc national almaguer tells us, investigators have arrived at the scene to determine what went so terribly wrong. >> reporter: fisherman were the first to reach the ship. only the bow of the boat was above the water. bodies were visible and survivors were struggling in the frigid waters. >> a disturbing site. there was only about 20 feet of it sticking out of the water and
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it looked like it was standing on end. >> reporter: 27 people were aboard the tour boat when it gap to sink. the desperate search by rescue came by boat and air. one by one the victims pulled from the 50 degree water by first responders and volunteers. tonight five dead, identified as british nationals. one is still missing. the rest rushed to the hospital by ambulance. many injured and hypothermic. >> we did manage to rescue a lot of people. it could have been a lot worse. >> reporter: the boat. 65 feet long with three decks, can take tourists in or outdoors. it is large enough you don't have to wear a life vest. shoving off in good weather, the mayday call came in the late afternoon, nine miles off the coast in the choppy sound where conditions with be unpredictable and rocks are jagged and reeves are dangerous. >> there are areas you can go in between rocks an see sea lions and you have enough space but you have to
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>> reporter: the tour with investigators to determine the cause. heartbroken over this incident and our hearts go out to the family and friends of everyone involved. tonight some of the survivors have been unpredictable waters are again the site of and this isn't the first time for the same whale watching company, in 1998 two were killed when a much smaller raft capsized. tonight, the transportation safety board is on scene. the investigation, lester, is just beginning. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. millions of americans across several states of the south and south central u.s. are dealing with a punishing mix of torrential rain and flooding and the threat of tornados. part of a one two punch that lasted for days. and then the remnants of hurricane patricia on top with no break in between. nbc's janet shamlian is in the storm zone tonight.
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waves, heavy rain and tropical depression force winds bounding pensacola beach. days after hurricane patricia made landfall in mexico, the punishing aftermath. all along the gulf coast, remnants of the storm. a tornado touched down south of new orleans. baton rouge battered by ten inches where 20 children had to be rescued from a school bridge. in mobile, a tropical swell packed 46 mile-per-hour wind gusts. and this expanding sinkhole at the university of south alabama swallowed a white pickup. >> i grabbed a few things out of the back and went out the passenger side window. >> there are warnings from louisiana to florida. >> roads that run parallel to the beaches are under water right now. >> in texas they are trying to dry out from two days of rain from two separate systems.
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of dallas and drivers became trapped in cars. the worst of the storm is right over us in pensacola beach right now. a dangerous combination of punishing rains and winds that at times have been tropical storm force. back to you. >> janet, thank you very much. tonight in south asia, more than 260 people are dead and hundreds more injured after a massive 7.5 earthquake triggered rock slides and collapsed buildings. most of the dead were in pakistan but the quake was sent earped in remote northeast afghanistan. a country already torn by war. at least a dozen afghan school girls were killed in a stampede to get out of their building. tonight 48 hours until a pivotal gop debate and a shake up with ben carson's surge in iowa, blowing past donald trump who is taking shots at carson. and jeb bush's campaign after cutting back on staff and salaries looking to rally supports before think lose hope.
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nbc's katy tur is on the trail. >> reporter: donald trump feeling the squeeze. behind ben carson in three iowa polls but refusing to acknowledge it this morning with matt lauer. >> i don't believe i did fall behind. there was a poll andsy second poll. >> have you ever been told no. >> my whole life has really been a no. and i fought through it. i started off in brooklyn. my father gave me a small loan of a >> reporter: trump dodges and weaving and attacking and taking every opportunity to target carson, even questioning his religious affiliation. >> i'm presbyterian. boy, if that sounds the middle of the road folks in, all fairness. seventh day adventist, i don't know back. >> reporter: carson comparing abortion to slavery on "meet the press." >> what is if the abolitionist said i slavery, i think it is wrong. but you guys do whatever you want to
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do. where would we be? >> donald trump is starting to receive real scrutiny and not just attention. that is why we'll see his numbers continue to fall. >> despite carson's surge, trump isn't letting up on bush, ridiculing the nominee for meeting in houston with his family, including his brother and father, two former presidents to rethink his struggling campaign. >> he's meeting today with mommy and daddy -- >> as bush's frustration becomes increasingly evident. >> i have a lot of really cool things that i could do other than sit around and being miserable listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. that is a joke. elect trump if you want that. >> reporter: the bush family meeting stretched into today where george w. declared his brother would win because of his fierce competitiveness. jeb will prove that on wednesday night for the republican debate. the question is will donald trump find another way to get under his skin. katy tur, nbc news, new hampshire.
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and a program note. you can see the gop debate on wednesday night at 8:00 on nbc news. still ahead here tonight, are kids taking too many of those nerve-wracking standardized test. they are eating up more time in the classroom and changes could be coming that you and your children need to know about. and you may have noticed prices plunging again at the if you suffer from a dry mouth, then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. but did you know that the lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath? well, there is biotene, specially formulated with moisturizers and lubricants. biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy too. biotene, for people who suffer from a dry mouth. [ male announcer ] pain not sitting too well? burning to feel better? itching for relief? preparation h offers the most maximum strength solutions
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message from a lot of frustrated parents and teachers across the country. who have been saying for years that american kids are way too bogged down under a mountain of standardized exams. now a study is backing then up. they conclude that all of the testing isn't making students smarter, it is stressing them out. as as chris jansing reports, lawmakers are joining the call for change. >> reporter: ethan had testing anxiety when he was only in third grade. he is 15 now but his memories have vivid. >> i would feel so, i guess anxious, that i ran out of the classroom because i felt like i was going to throw up because there is so much pressure they put on you. >> since then the pressure is relentless. from prek to 12th grade they take an average of 112 standardized tests spending 25 hours a year just testing. but it isn't helping kids learn. >> more testing did not yield bester results. >> it doesn't have any
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particular strategy to it. and it doesn't necessarily do what any of those want -- we want our tests to. >> reporter: so the obama administration is saying enough. calling on schools to cut back testing to no more than 2% of class time. it is a major reversal to fix a problem they admit they helped create. in new york city last year parents got fed up 20% let their children opt out of the tests and teachers are frustrating too. >> it keeps you from giving them what you know they need because you give them what the test says they have to have. >> reporter: some critics including civil rights groups argued that schools need tests to level the educational playing field. so under the white house plan, annual standardized testing will stay as an assessment tool but fewer over all tests with more local control. for ethan hughes, the changes can't come soon enough. >> how do you feel about taking fewer
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>> i think that would be fantastic. >> a new lesson plan aimed at giving kids the best chance to learn. nbc news. a party animal from outer space. where scientists are
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finally tonight, once upon a time it was the grandest ship in the land. the ss united states, still the fastest passenger ship ever made.
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but that was decaded in the past. and now as rehema ellis explains, if something isn't done by october 31st, hopes for the future are sinking fast. >> reporter: driving into philadelphia, you catch a glimpse of the famous smokestacks. get closer and the massive ss united states, the length of three football fields comes into full view. but tied to a pier for 18 years, weather has taken a terrible toll. now the ship that broke the transatlantic speed record is in a race money. >> we have never been closer to saving the ship and we have never been closer to losing her. >> reporter: it costs $60,000 a month to keep her afloat. and the funds just aren't there any more. susan gibes is spearheading the effort to save it. >> she is a soaring national symbol and the only one left. >> reporter: with all of the peeling paint and rusty portals it is hard to imagine
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now, but in the 1950s the ss united states was the ultimate of what a luxury ocean liner could be. joe roda was the ship's photographer. >> what was this room? >> this was the ballroom. this is where the beautiful people congregated in the evening. >> reporter: among them, presidents. royalty and hollywood stars. >> memories are so vivid. marlon brando and salvador dally sitting talking. >> but airlines put ocean liners out of the business. now the ships owners are looking for a develop tore give the ss united states a new life, possibly as a museum with retail and office space. >> as you can see, she is dark. it is high time to turn the lights back on. >> recalling one ship's magnificent past in order to give her a future. rehema ellis, nbc news, philadelphia. >> and that will do it for us on this monday
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night. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. do you think when you are president you'll be paid as much as if you were a man-male... this is one of the jobs where they have to pay you the same. but there are so many examples where that doesn't happen. i'm going to do everything i can to make sure every woman
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